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Lighting the way to Diwali


Fall is a time of celebration. It marks the end of harvest season and the beginning of winter. During this season, many Hindus, Buddhists and others celebrate Diwali, a four- to five-day “festival of lights”. 

Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance, with “light” being a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness. Ritual oil baths, fireworks and food are integral aspects of the celebration, which is an annual bonding period – not only for families but also for communities, as many towns organize community parades and or other activities featuring music and dance performances. At the height of the celebration, celebrants adorn themselves in their finest clothes, illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with candles or lamps and offer prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth. They also light fireworks and celebrate with family meals, topped off with decadent treats.

Here at RSM, some of our people celebrate Diwali, while others know very little about the holiday. Regardless of which holidays our people celebrate or what their beliefs might be, we strive to create an inclusive workplace where ALL employees fell welcome. We embrace the unique contributions of our diverse 11,000-people team. And our 11 employee-led employee network groups (ENGs) strive to educate one another about our differences because we know that when we understand one another better, we’re better able to work together to help our increasingly diverse clients achieve success.

On behalf of RSM’s Interfaith ENG and the rest of our 11,000 employees nationwide, we wish you and your family a Happy Diwali!  

Brian Riordan
Senior Manager and National Leader, Interfaith Employee Network Group




RSM's Interfaith supports members in their faith-related activities, business initiatives and community service.